Johns Hopkins Gazette | September 13, 2004
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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University September 13, 2004 | Vol. 34 No. 3

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Curtain Up for New Theater Troupe

John Astin, Kateri Chambers and Loren Dunn in 'Bluff,' the inaugural presentation of Johns Hopkins University Theatre.

Celebrating the return of an undergraduate theater program, the newly named Johns Hopkins University Theatre will open its inaugural season with a production of Jeffrey Sweet's Bluff on Friday, Sept. 17, and Sat., Sept. 18, in the Baltimore Museum of Art's Meyerhoff Auditorium, adjacent to the Homewood campus.

The company, formerly known as the Hopkins Studio Players, was created by faculty member John Astin and is composed of students, professional actors and Astin.

Sweet's play tells the story of a young couple who falls in love while aiding the victim of a mugging. It deftly mixes comedic dialogue with its serious subject matter and was nominated for an American Theatre Critics Association Award.

Sophomore Kateri Chambers and 2004 grad Loren Dunn hold the lead roles and are joined by local actress Laura Gifford. All three played to rave reviews in last year's production of Our Town (Chambers and Dunn as Emily Webb and George Gibbs, respectively, and Gifford as Mrs. Gibbs). Astin also will perform in the play.

This production coincides with the launch of a revived theater program at Johns Hopkins and the establishment of a permanent home for the program in Homewood's Merrick Barn. Decades ago, when the Writing Seminars was known as the Department of Writing, Speech and Drama, the Barn housed its drama activities.

Astin, best known for his role as Gomez in the original Addams Family television series, is a graduate of that former department who returned to Johns Hopkins in 2001 to teach acting and directing. Since then, he has led a renaissance of the school's theater program. In establishing a home base for the program, Johns Hopkins plans to renovate the space to include a classroom, an office and a shop for set production. The 2004-2005 season for Theatre Hopkins, a semiprofessional group that uses the Barn, will not be interrupted by the renovations.

Both performances of Bluff will begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15, $14 for seniors, $10 for BMA members and $5 for students. Call the Johns Hopkins University Theatre box office at 410-516-5153 for tickets or e-mail your ticket request to


Blood Drive

Mon., Sept. 20, 1 to 6 p.m. Red Cross Blood Drive, sponsored by the Office of Faculty, Staff and Retiree Programs. Drive continues Tuesday and Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Levering Union. HW



Thurs., Sept. 16, 3 p.m. "The Chief Puzzle in Human Reproduction: Researchers' and Physicians' Knowledge of the Menstrual Cycle in the 1920s," a History of Science, Medicine and Technology colloquium with Paula Viterbo, Bryn Mawr College; Seminar Room, 3rd floor, Welch Library. EB

Thurs., Sept. 16, 3:30 p.m. "Quantum Optics with Electric Circuits: Coupling a Single Photon to a Single 'Atom,'" a Physics and Astronomy colloquium with Steve Girvin, Yale University; Schafler Auditorium, Bloomberg Center. HW

Fri., Sept. 17, 4 p.m. "Language and Logic in Plato's Sophist, a Philosophy colloquium with Andreas Eckl, University of Bonn; 348 Gilman. HW



Mon., Sept. 20, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. "Corporate Emergency Preparedness: Protecting Your Own," conference providing detailed, practical strategies businesses can use to protect employees while ensuring continuity of business operations during and after a public health crisis. Speakers will include representatives from American Institutes for Research, D.C. Dept. of Health, Federal Emergency Management Agency, George Washington University Medical Center, Haz/Mat DQE, Disaster Planning International, Ingenix Center for Health Care Policy and Evaluation, JHU, MBNA Corp. and Whiteford, Taylor & Preston. Sponsored by the JHU Center for Public Health Preparedness. Registration and fee required; for more information or to register, go to Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel, 300 S. Charles St.



Mon., Sept. 13, 4 to 6 p.m. "Access to Health Care: The Presidential Positions," a debate with Gail Wilensky, of the President's Task Force to Improve Health Care Delivery (under Bush) and Project HOPE, arguing for the Republicans; and Chris Jennings, of Jennings Policy Strategies and the Clinton White House, arguing the Democratic position. Sponsored by the Office of External Affairs and Governmental Relations. 410-955-5194. Sommer Auditorium, BSPH. EB

Thurs., Sept. 16, 5:30 p.m. "Charles Carroll of Carrollton: Faithful Revolutionary," book signing and talk by author Scott McDermott. On the lawn, Homewood House Museum (rain location: wine cellar at Homewood House). HW

Fri., Sept. 17, 7:30 a.m. "Bioinformatics and Its Role in Biodefense," breakfast meeting addressing the relationships between databases and biodefense research; the use and interpretation of data; existing databases; and analysis tools available to researchers; featuring a panel of speakers. Sponsored by JHU and the Technology Council of Maryland's Bioalliance. Montgomery County Campus.



Tues., Sept. 14, 6:30 p.m. "Patents," by Tony Stanco, George Washington University, and Ray Dizon, Md. Dept. of Business and Economic Development. Sponsored by the Emerging Technology Center. To reserve a place, call 410-327-9150. Part of the "From Start-Up to IPO" lecture series. 3rd floor, JH@Eastern.



Sat., Sept. 18, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. "An American Dream ... A Broadway Revue," a musical revue featuring the Johns Hopkins Unified Voices. $20 donation. For tickets and more information, call 410-955-8888. Turner Auditorium. EB


Open House

Tues., Sept. 14, 1:30 to 3 p.m. Open House for the Johns Hopkins Undergraduate Fellowship in the Humanities, intended for undergraduates who want to live, study and intern in D.C. For information, go to RSVP to Sponsored by Advanced Academic Programs. A&S Washington Center.

Thurs., Sept. 16, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Open House for the Bayview chapter of the JHU Women's Network; learn more about the advantages of joining the network. Norman Library, 2nd floor, JHAAC. Bayview



Rosh Hashana Services...

Conservative services led by Rabbi Joseph Menashe; Glass Pavilion, Levering. HW

Wed., Sept. 15, 6:45 p.m. Thurs., Sept. 16, 9:30 a.m. Tashlich following services. Fri., Sept. 17, 9:30 a.m.

Reform services led by Rabbi Rachel Hertzman; Bunting-Meyerhoff Inter-faith Center, 3509 N. Charles St. HW

Wed., Sept. 15, 6:45 p.m. Thurs., Sept. 16, 9:30 a.m.



Mon., Sept. 13, 4 p.m. "In Search of the Trojan Origins of French: The Politics of Historical Philology in Early Modern France," a History seminar with Paul Cohen; 315 Gilman. HW

Tues., Sept. 14, 3 p.m. "The Role of Molecular Methods in Environmental Biotechnology," a Geography and Environmental Engineering seminar with Bruce Rittmann; 234 Ames. HW

Tues., Sept. 14, 3:30 p.m. "Journey from MD to CEO," a Hopkins Biotech Network seminar with Craig Smith, Guilford Pharmaceuticals. Suite 2-200, 1830 Bldg. EB

Wed., Sept. 15, 12:15 p.m. "What Every Investigator Needs to Know but Is Afraid to Ask: Overview of the ORS," an Office for Research Subjects seminar with Pat German; W2029 BSPH. EB

Wed., Sept. 15, 1 p.m. "Religious and Cultural Exchange During the Reformation: Zurich and England, 1531-1558," a History dissertation defense seminar with Carrie Euler; 323 Gilman. HW

Wed., Sept. 15, 1 p.m. "Health Surveillance," a Rodent Health seminar with William Shek, Charles River Laboratories. Co-sponsored by Research Animal Resources and Animal Care and Use Committee. Tilghman Room, Turner Bldg. EB

Wed., Sept. 15, 1:30 p.m. "Lipid Signaling in Drosophila Phototransduction," a Biological Chemistry seminar with Roger Hardie, Cambridge University; 612 Physiology. EB

Thurs., Sept. 16, 11 a.m. "Force Generation by Cytoskeletal Filament End-Tracking Motors," a Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering seminar with Richard Dickinson; 110 Maryland. HW

Thurs., Sept. 16, 4 p.m. "Weighted Sums of K-L Divergences for Unsupervised Classification via Sensing and Processing Decision Trees," an Applied Mathematics and Statistics seminar with Damianos Karakos; 304 Whitehead. HW

Thurs., Sept. 16, 4 p.m. "Association of a Herpes Virus Regulatory Protein with the C-Terminal Domain of RNA Polymerase II and MRNA Export Factors and Recruitment to Viral Transcription Sites," a Biology seminar with Rozanne Sandri-Goldin, University of California, Irvine; 100 Mudd. HW

Fri., Sept. 17, 10:30 a.m. "Why Bad Things Happen to Bad People: The American Health Movement and the Logic of Individual Responsibility, 1962-1990," a History dissertation defense seminar with John Faithful Hamer; 323 Gilman. HW

Fri., Sept. 17, noon. "Mobile Source Related Exposure to 1,3-Butadiene," an Enviromental Health Sciences thesis defense seminar with Amir Sapkota; W7023 BSPH. EB

Fri., Sept. 17, 4:15 p.m. "From Femininity to Finitude: Freud, Lacan and Feminism Again," a Humanities Center seminar with Toril Moi, Duke University; 111 Gilman. HW

Mon., Sept. 20, 4 p.m. "Climate Variability and Predictability," an Earth and Planetary Sciences seminar with Toni Busalacchi, University of Maryland; 305 Olin. HW

Mon., Sept. 20, 4 p.m. "Exporting MIT: Technical Education and Nation Building in India and Iran," a History seminar with Stuart Leslie and Robert Kargon; 315 Gilman. HW

Mon., Sept. 20, 4 p.m. "Dispersive Estimates for the Three-Dimensional Schrodinger Equation," an Analysis seminar with Michael Goldberg, CalTech; 308 Krieger. HW

Mon., Sept. 20, 4 p.m. The David Bodian Seminar in Neuroscience--"The Game of Reason, a Unified Theory of Knowledge and Cognition" with Edward Hedgecock. Sponsored by Krieger Mind/Brain Institute. 338 Krieger. HW

Mon., Sept. 20, 5:15 p.m. "The Effect of Neutrality: Jean Froissart's Chroniques," a Romance Languages and Literatures seminar with Zrinka Stahuljak, Boston University; 336 Gilman. HW


Special Events

Mon., Sept. 13, 5:30 p.m. Reception inaugurating the Master of Science in Bioscience Regulatory Affairs degree (pending MHEC endorsement). Building 3, Montgomery County Campus.

Tues., Sept. 14, 11:50 a.m. "Timely Luncheons," an invitation to JHU faculty and staff to tour the exhibition Clock- and Watchmaking in Early Maryland, and to hear the clocks strike the hour. Bring a bag lunch to eat in the wine cellar; beverages and dessert provided. Homewood House Museum. HW

Fri., Sept. 17, 6 p.m. "Responding to History and Place," a Sculpture at Evergreen event with guest curator Jennifer McGregor and other artists. Evergreen House.



Wed., Sept. 15, 4 p.m. Men's Water Polo, vs. Navy; Newton H. White Athletic Center. HW

Wed., Sept. 15, 4:30 p.m. Field Hockey, vs. Salisbury. HW

Thurs., Sept. 16, 4 p.m. Men's Water Polo, vs. Princeton; Newton H. White Athletic Center. HW

Sat., Sept. 18, 1 p.m. Football, vs. Carnegie Mellon. HW

Sat., Sept. 18, 5 p.m. Men's Soccer, vs. Muhlenberg. HW



Wed., Sept. 15, 4 to 7 p.m. Queer October Symposium, with Craig Womack, University of Oklahoma; Deborah Miranda, Washington and Lee University; and Scott Steves, SUNY, Buffalo. Co-sponsored by Anthropology; Women, Gender and Sexuality; and Native American Studies. 410-516-6166. 323 Gilman. HW



Fri., Sept. 17, and Sat., Sept. 18, 8 p.m. The Johns Hopkins University Theatre presents Bluff. (See article, above.) Meyerhoff Auditorium, BMA. HW

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